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Get ready for a lot of info. Most of it will seem useless.

Well, no. Most of it probably is useless.

Keep them shoes dry!

Keep them shoes dry!

Théoden’s funeral leads into a great feast. There is another tradition here where a minstrel recites the list of the kings of Rohan, and then the current king drinks a cup of wine to their honor. All assembled hail Éomer as the next king. He then announces Éowyn’s intent to marry Faramir, and then either actually marries them or just officially marks them as betrothed. Unclear, but good for them.

Here we go.

First Mentions:

-Aldor: Third king of Rohan, son of Brego, grandson of Eorl, and brother to that guy Baldor who went and died in the Paths of the Dead.

-Fréa: Fourth king of Rohan! Here’s where this gets super interesting.

-Fréawine: Fifth king of Rohan!

-Goldwine: Sixth king of Rohan.

-Déor: Seventh king.

-Gram: Eighth king. I hear he was light.

-Fréalaf: Tenth king. Wait, tenth? Yeah, we skipped Helm, because we already heard of him. Fréalaf was actually Helm’s nephew, breaking the direct line from Eorl.

-Léofa: Eleven.

-Walda: Twelve. No one ever knew where he was.

-Folca: Thirteen.

-Folcwine: Fourteen.

-Fengel: Fifteen.

This makes Thengel sixteenth, Théoden seventeenth, and Éomer eighteenth. When you think about it, that’s no too long of a line. Okay, well, it’s a lot of generations, but surprisingly easy enough to remember them all, I’d think. I can never do all the US Presidents, for my part.

Millard Fillmore: never forget.

Millard Fillmore: never forget.

And I forgot to mention the other day that I figured out exactly what it is that Faramir is going to be over in Ithilien. He’s a prince, just like Imrahil of Dol Amroth. Basically, I see it as being a secondary leader of Gondor, second in command should anything befall Aragorn, with a relatively autonomous little region to himself. Not too bad.

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

-loremaster

-Aldor

-Fréa

-Fréawine

-Goldwine

-Déor

-Fréalaf

-Léofa

-Walda

-Folca

-Folcwine

-Fengel

-trothplighted

We have nice little bookends there to break up that WALL OF NAMES. The spellcheck on WordPress isn’t having problems with “trothplighted”…although, now that I type it down here, we’re having issues. “Folca” isn’t underlined when I type it above, either, along with some others. I’m confused and distressed.

No one dies today.

“‘It heals my heart to see thee now in bliss.'”

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So, there’s two weeks of riding. We jump over that swiftly, with a brief pause in the middle when Aragorn arrives in the forest of Ghân-buri-Ghân and announces that it is to be given to him and his people.

Unsurprisingly, renderings of Ghân-buri-Ghân are quite strange.

Unsurprisingly, renderings of Ghân-buri-Ghân are quite strange.

The ride then lasts for two weeks, followed by a three-day planning period in Rohan for Théoden’s burial. He is interred in a mound among others for the prior kings of Rohan, and his minstrels and knights lead the Rohirrim in song.

First Mentions:

-the Barrowfield: Proper title of the field that contains the burial mounds of the kings of Rohan. No wights here!

-Gléowine: Théoden’s personal minstrel, in charge of writing his funeral tune. He will write no other songs.

It’s a cool tradition, having each king’s minstrel’s final song be for the king’s burial. I’d hope there’s some sort of great retirement package that the minstrel gets once his services are no longer required. Of course, I would also assume that a new minstrel has been appointed for Éomer already. How early do they start work on their final piece? You’ve got to plan well for it, I’d think.

Let’s have the song!

Tolkien Songs In Real Life:

I like the short ones.

“Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day’s rising

he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.

Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended;

over death, over dread, over doom lifted

out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.”

Hoping to be forgiven for the white noise, I present:

Slain

(Hurt – Johnny Cash)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, this song was originally done by Nine Inch Nails, but the Cash cover is so much better. I had heard it before today, not realizing that it was a cover, but it truly is amazing. You should listen to it sometime if you’ve never heard it. Heck, listen to it anyway.

In the end, I like Johnny Cash because I can sing his octave easily. No dropping down needed! Too bad I’m not old, grizzled, and rebellious. I need to work on that.

Pictured: not Johnny Cash.

Pictured: not Johnny Cash.

So, we lay Théoden to rest, one of the more likeable characters, in my opinion. Goodnight, sweet prince.

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

-Barrowfield

-Gléowine

BORING.

No one dies today.

Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended; over death, over dread, over doom lifted out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.

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Take a quick look now to notice that this chapter’s title is a direct response to Book Two, Chapter 1 of Fellowship of the Ring, “Many Meetings”. That was back towards the beginning, and this is where we’re starting (if we haven’t already) to tie up loose ends towards the conclusion.

In short, today Frodo goes to Aragorn to request that he be given leave to return home. Aragorn and Arwen sit and talk with Frodo. Aragorn says that they will leave in one week, as Éomer will be returning shortly to retrieve Théoden’s remains. Aragorn intends to ride back to Rohan with Éomer, and since that will be the direction that Frodo will take, it only makes sense for him to leave along with them.

Logic!

Because I guess the only people who care about logic puzzles also are the only people who care about horse racing.

Because I guess the only people who care about logic puzzles also are the only people who care about horse racing.

Arwen remarks that she actually has a gift to give to Frodo. Since she won’t be traveling across the sea with Elrond and all the rest of the elves, she allows Frodo to take her place. It’s a small note here, and totally skipped over in the movie, but WAIT. Is that something that actually makes the character of Arwen important? Oh, it is!

You see, Frodo’s ultimate decision (um, spoilers, I guess?) to leave Middle-earth is only made possible because Arwen gives him this chance. Seeing as Frodo never truly heals from his hurts suffered at the behest of carrying the ring, traveling to Valinor is one of the few things that can give him rest. And it wouldn’t be possible but for this small moment.

Aragorn has nothing to give Frodo, so I guess he’s a terrible friend.

And so this note sits on Aragorn's desk for the rest of forever.

And so this note sits on Aragorn’s desk for the rest of forever.

To be fair, Frodo admits that his chief desire is not to return immediately to the Shire. He wants to head to Rivendell to see Bilbo. For some reason, he expected Bilbo to arrive with the rest of the elves from Rivendell, but he did not make the journey. Bilbo’s health is deteriorating with the destruction of the ring that gave him long life. Sad to say, but the silly hobbit who started most of this doesn’t have much time left.

In slightly unrelated news, I was given a link tonight to a survey that might be of interest to some of you. Some universities are doing a study on the reception of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. So, if you’ve seen it, you might want to help out. It’s not the shortest survey (maybe took 20 minutes), but if you’re interested, the link is here:

http://flashq.rcc.ryerson.ca/Hobbit2/

I don’t care if you feel one way or the other. This is just something that I feel is worth putting opinions forward for. Say all that you like. I probably said too much.

No one dies today.

“‘If your hurts grieve you still and the memory of your burden is heavy, then…'”

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It shouldn’t be surprising that Beregond’s punishment is light. Aragorn remarks that the standard punishment for his crimes is death. That won’t be necessary here.

And Carl was getting so excited...

And Carl was getting so excited…

For “punishment” Beregond is told to leave the guard and leave Minas Tirith. Okay, that’s actually something significant, but his next assignment is to be the captain of Faramir’s personal guard in Ithilien. So…it kind of just works out to a promotion. Needless to say, all are pleased.

Afterwards, Aragorn meets with Éomer and Éowyn, who wish to return to Rohan and deal with rebuilding their own kingdom. They will send for Théoden’s remains when they are ready. After Théoden is laid to rest, Éowyn will rejoin Faramir for their happily ever after.

That all seems reasonable. I mean, Éowyn should at least return to get ready for her, um…upcoming wedding, you know?

Meanwhile, we hear that the riders of Rohan are leaving on the 8th of May. It’s been exactly a month since Frodo and Sam awoke at the Field of Cormallen, and a month and a half past the destruction of the ring. That was 16 pages ago.

We ride!

We ride!

Indeed, things are accelerating. That doesn’t mean that the end is quite in sight yet, though. This chapter drones on. I keep reminding myself that we still have a bit of plot left in the Shire, not to mention the true end of the book. We’re also nearing about 40 pages left in all, so there’s less and less time in which to fit everything. A single page more or less devoted to Beregond’s sentencing is very detailed compared to what else we have left to do.

Of course, this is why we jump ahead so suddenly by the end of the page. Almost a month, I would think.

No one dies today.

“So the glad days passed; and on the eighth day of May the Riders of Rohan made ready, and rode off by the North-way, and with them…”

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We’re jumping back even more. More? Yeah, more.

Let’s go back in time to only a few days after Aragorn departed from Minas Tirith. Messengers returned to report of the force’s passage from Minas Morgul, but no news has come since then. Everybody basically thinks that Aragorn is riding to his doom. Not only that, but their Steward (Denethor) has recently burnt himself to an insane crisp, and Théoden, king of Rohan, lies in state in their great citadel. Things aren’t looking good in Gondor, and they’re just waiting for another army to come marching their way.

Magic 8-ball understands.

Magic 8-ball understands.

Meanwhile, Éowyn grows restless with her recovery. She demands to be dressed, and rises to confront the warden of the Houses of Healing. This man finally admits that the healers in Minas Tirith aren’t very good at healing. They have become too accustomed to dealing with your average sword wounds so that they don’t know much about anything else. They were told to keep Éowyn in bed, even though she’s clearly doing pretty well. She doesn’t like that.

Of course, Gondor is just falling back into its bad habits developed under Denethor: stagnancy and ignorance. With no news to be heard, everyone assumes the worst and just waits around for the other shoe to drop. Little do they know that things are going well. When Aragorn arrives eventually (where the narrative got to at the end of last chapter), it must be a huge shock. Oh! He isn’t dead?! Yeah, maybe you should pay attention to things sometimes.

Denethor's political platform.

Denethor’s political platform.

How long until we catch up? I don’t know for sure, but I really don’t want to stay in this place long when we just came from a wonderfully happy and uplifting section. We already know the big things that happen to turn this around!

No one dies today.

“‘And it is not always good to be…'”

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There was a real chance that tonight’s post might not have happened. My internet is not happy. But, what else are unsecured apartment complex wi-fi networks for?

100% accurate depiction.

100% accurate depiction.

Surprise, surprise…Aragorn wakes Merry. Merry’s first request is for food. He wants a pipe to smoke, but remembers that Théoden had wanted to smoke together, so he pauses. However, Aragorn suggests that Merry would be better off remembering Théoden by smoking his pipe. Sounds like a plan.

Aragorn ends the page with some deserved joking at the herb-master’s expense. Sure, Merry can request some pipe-weed, but it will be a chore to get it.

Yeah, I’m okay with that. Who does this “master of herbs” think he is, if he doesn’t seem to have that great of a grip on the uses of herbs for healing? It’s only fitting that he gets some ribbing when Merry might be asking him for something to smoke. Heck, with his knowledge, he might think that pipe-weed has medicinal properties.

Well…maybe it does. Some people might argue that.

Whatever, dude.

Whatever, dude.

So we can end with laughs instead of tears and anxiety. Meanwhile, this chapter is drawing to a close shortly, marking yet another short one. Yeah, we’re moving! I could tell (just by simple page counts) that Return of the King was going to be short compared to the first two books. Indeed, the pace has quickened.

Words My Computer Didn’t Like:

westmansweed

I think that’s a joke. Right? That’s a yolk. Aragorn is yolking.

Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 36

No one dies today.

“‘And he will tell you that he did not know that the herb you desire had any virtues, but that it is called westmansweed by the vulgar, and galenas by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on…'”

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It must be a symptom of my repetitive and drawn-out nature, but this is feeling formulaic.

MATH, y'all.

MATH, y’all.

Aragorn comforts and wakes Faramir. Aragorn comforts and wakes Éowyn. Aragorn moves to Merry’s room. What could happen next?!

I was actually expecting at least some sort of differentiation between Faramir and Éowyn, and I would have allowed for some similarity between Éowyn and Merry. After all, Éowyn and Merry’s states were both triggered by the same event. Faramir was injured in a different way, and suffered from a different malady. However, Éowyn’s recovery is brought about by the same method (steaming kingsfoil and calling her name) as Faramir’s. Similarly, while Beregond and Bergil were left to tend to Faramir, Éomer stays behind with his sister as the rest of the party moves to Merry’s bedside. And, don’t you forget, we have Pippin to fill that very role once Merry wakes up.

So, why did I kind of skip the summary of this page? Well, we’ve done this already.

Woah, deja vu.

Woah, deja vu.

Any new information? Well, Éowyn remembers what happened, and she knows that Théoden is dead. However, she saw in her dreaming a vision that Éomer had died as well. Basically, her condition gave her dark visions, seemingly trying to break her in despair. In fact, Aragorn had mentioned yesterday that even should Éowyn awaken, despair could still claim her life.

This is another one of those things that I don’t entirely understand. Things have actually gotten a little confusing lately. Perhaps this is why this chapter isn’t one that I remember reading previously, and why it isn’t ever one that I hear talked about as a major moment in the text. This is all just very dark and dreamlike. Not easy to connect to that kind of thing.

Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 37

No one dies today.

“‘I came in time, and I have called…'”

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